We see that you have javascript disabled. Please enable javascript and refresh the page to continue reading local news. If you feel you have received this message in error, please contact the customer support team at 1-833-248-7801.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Matt Wallner drives in a pair of runs in Minnesota's loss to Royals

The Twins lost their sixth game in the last seven and fell nine games behind division-leading Cleveland.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals
Minnesota Twins right fielder Matt Wallner hits an RBI double during the fourth inning Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, against the Kansas City Royals.
Peter Aiken / USA Today Sports
We are part of The Trust Project.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s only been six games, but in Matt Wallner’s brief taste of the major leagues, the Twins have already started to get a sense of what he can do at the plate.

It’s safe to say they’ve liked what they’ve seen.

The Forest Lake, Minnesota, native, who was called up over the weekend, provided the only offense in the Twins’ 5-2 loss to the Royals on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Wallner, who homered in his debut and has hits in all but one game, is hitting .304 with his second multi-hit game since being called up. The rookie outfielder went 3 for 4, with a pair of two-out hits.

In the second inning, he knocked in Gary Sanchez, cutting the Royals’ lead to 2-1. And in the fourth, his double brought home Nick Gordon, again cutting the Royals’ lead to a run.

ADVERTISEMENT

It wasn’t quite as smooth defensively for the rookie, who started in right field.

In the first inning, Wallner had a Salvador Perez flare fall just in front of him and then get by him before subsequently slipping on the grass in foul territory. Bobby Witt Jr. ran through the stop sign at third base and scored the Royals’ second run of the inning. Perez was credited with a double and an RBI.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals
Kansas City second baseman Michael Massey throws to first base after forcing out Minnesota's Gilberto Celestino at second base in the second inning Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, at Kauffman Stadium.
Peter Aiken / USA Today Sports

The Royals’ first run came off an MJ Melendez home run off starter Bailey Ober to lead off the bottom of the first.

In his second start since coming off the injured list, Ober gave up five runs on seven hits in three innings. The Royals tacked on a run in the third and two more in the seventh, while the Twins (73-76) were held mostly quiet offensively, finishing the day 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals
Minnesota Twins starter Bailey Ober delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. Ober pitched five innings, allowing three runs.
Peter Aiken / USA Today Sports

The Royals (60-89) were playing their first game since the firing of longtime executive Dayton Moore. Dismissed Wednesday afternoon as the team president of baseball operations, Moore had been with the organization since 2006.

MORE MINNESOTA TWINS COVERAGE:
Pro
The two Minnesotans — Varland from Maplewood, Wallner from Forest Lake — gave hometown fans plenty to cheer about this season, both in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Both started the year with Double-A Wichita before earning a pair of promotions and debuting in September.
Pro
The Twins led the Central division for 108 days during the season. The last came on Sept. 4, when they pulled back into a tie with the Guardians atop the division. They finished the season in third place with a 78-84 record, 14 games behind Cleveland and three behind Chicago.
Pro
Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine have some heavy lifting ahead of them. The first task is deciding whether to offer Carlos Correa a long-term contract.
Pro
Correa, who played in 136 games in 2022, finished his year hitting .291 with a .834 OPS. His 139 OPS+ (100 is league average) is the second-highest in his career. His 5.4 bWAR (Wins Above Replacement per Baseball Reference) leads the Twins, and he quickly became a leader within the Twins’ clubhouse.
Pro
The infielder joined an exclusive club Wednesday, becoming the fifth Twins player to win an American League batting title, joining Rod Carew (seven times), Joe Mauer (three), Tony Oliva (three) and Kirby Puckett.
Pro
Duran, 24, entered Tuesday with a 4.6 Win Probability Added, a statistic that credits a player for how much his appearance impacted his team’s chance of winning, per Baseball Reference.
Pro
Minnesota hitter goes 1-for-4 and maintains lead on Judge
Pro
The White Sox rallied against Twins reliever Griffin Jax, who fell to 7-4 after yielding one run on two hits in the seventh.
Pro
Arraez entered Monday’s play with a .315 to .311 edge over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who would win the first Triple Crown since 2012 if he surpassed the Minnesota Twins’ infielder.
Pro
With three games remaining for the Twins (and four for the Yankees), Twins infielder Luis Arrraez and New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge remain locked in a tight race for the American League batting title.

The Twins lost their sixth game in the last seven and fell nine games behind division-leading Cleveland.

Field Level Media contributed to this report.

ADVERTISEMENT

______________________________________________________

This story was written by one of our partner news agencies. Forum Communications Company uses content from agencies such as Reuters, Kaiser Health News, Tribune News Service and others to provide a wider range of news to our readers. Learn more about the news services FCC uses here.

Related Topics: MINNESOTA TWINS
What to read next
Pro
“He should get (a chain) for sure,’’ Darrisaw quipped. “He looked good in it.”
Pro
Asked about what he expects heading into this season, Leipold refused to get too far ahead of himself. He doesn’t know if the Wild will top their franchise-record 113 points from last season.
Pro
New coach Matt Daniels stresses camaraderie among players on units
Pro
The Loons’ kit men are responsible for setting up the team’s oval-shaped locker room at Allianz Field, with everything players need to perform — from emergency headgear down to their socked toes.